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June 04, 2011

The unmarked graves of Ottawa's other KFC's

UPDATE: Thanks to reader comments below & via Twitter - I added a few photos & locations to this list of recently demised KFC's.

While all of the attention this week has been on the demise of the Dirty Bird in Hintonburg, let us not forget the other area KFC's that also closed this week, and in previous years. They kicked the proverbial 21-piece bucket, yet no wakes were held, no articles were written about their loss.

May they rest in peace.  Or rather, may they rest in delicious fried finger-licking good pieces.

First, besides the Hintonburg KFC, three other local KFC's closed in the past week:

1687 Montreal Road:

917 Richmond Road:

45 Munro St., Carleton Place:

And here are some of the KFC fried chicken temples we've lost in recent years:

The Kentucky Fried Chicken at 690 Bank Street, where the last chicken was fried several years ago and was replaced by a Rogers outlet.  (Anybody have a photo?)

In Bells Corners, what was once a mecca of fried chicken at 134 Robertson Road is now a great place for pad thai:

At 190 Dalhousie Street in the Byward Market, Colonel Saunders has been ousted by the Restaurant Casa do Churrasco.  Did a KFC bucket once rotate on top of that pole?

Any more recently lost KFC's we should list here?

(All photos from Google Streetview.)

See also: Ottawa Food Guide

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  1. Anonymous11:28 PM

    Wasn't the current Sukhothai location in Bells Corners a former KFC from a few years ago?

  2. If movie theatre concessions count, the one at Famous Players Silver City. Also, just across the street, I believe there was a KFC at the Gloucester Shopping Centre that's gone now.

  3. Sure looks like the Sukhothai in Bells Corners was once a KFC. Here's a photo: http://yfrog.com/h79r4p

    From deep fried to pad thai...

  4. Thanks to Steve Brandon for this article re: Sukhothai / Bells Corners KFC: http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/columnists/story.html?id=e07796e9-0c0a-48b1-ba0f-9a9f93e05fe2

  5. Anonymous8:19 AM

    There was a KFC on Bank St in Glebe. It is now a Rogers store. Its been gone for a few years.

  6. Anonymous8:36 AM

    Portuguese place on Dalhousie used to be a KFC (still obvious) though it shut down back when they were Kentucky Fried Chicken.

  7. Do you have a particular fascination for them?!

    /enquiring minds

  8. Jenn - why am I fascinated by the KFC's? I'm not really -- but I am fascinated by *the public's fascination/interest in KFC's* -- if that makes sense.

    For example, yesterday on Twitter, there were more uses of the "#KFCWake" hashtag than "#DOOttawa".

    And when I originally posted this article via Twitter last night, it generated a couple dozen comments -- which is very high for a Saturday night at 11pm.

    All this for a chain of restaurants that most people never eat at -- that's why they're closing, after all!

  9. Thanks for the info! It's peculiar what catches one's attention, especially at 11 p.m.!

  10. I have fond memories of the Red Barn restaurants. Used to go on Sundays with my family when I was a teen in Toronto. There could be a new theme there!
    Old restaurants never die!

  11. Whew, if you're going back as far as the one on Dalhousie, then there also used to be one on Merivale where (until recently) the Dave's Part Mart is/was.

  12. Anonymous6:05 PM

    Remmber when Saffron Cafe, Kent south of Bank, was a KFC?

  13. It is a guilty pleasure .... it is also for many a source of stomach cramps and that which follows :-)

    I eat there at most once a year. I imagine a lot of people are like that. Too bad, I suppose, because when they all disappear we will have lost a very special taste.

  14. Woodroffe at Carling, now an Indian restaurant.

  15. Anonymous12:13 AM

    the Orleans one gone.Strange thing under KFC they had a fire that burned it quite a lot the facade and they open it soon after then gone.The new place burnt too recently.


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